n Historia - Liberals, Marxists, and Nationalists. Competing interpretations of South African History, Merle Lipton
A historical historiography : book feature

Volume 53, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



Merle Lipton is known to historians of twentieth century South Africa for her major book, , which analysed the relationship between segregation / apartheid policies and economic development. Though originally trained as a historian at the University of Cape Town, where in 1963, under the name Merle Babrow, she completed a thesis that looked critically at the work of George McCall Theal, since the early 1970s she has worked from England, mainly not as a historian, but as a researcher and consultant on current issues relating to South Africa, so keeping abreast of the way in which South Africa moved away from high apartheid to its present-day democracy. Now she has produced a relatively short, but densely argued book that considers the ways in which scholars have written about the origins, development and eventual collapse of segregation / apartheid.

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